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Dietrich School Faculty Member Appointed to National Advisory Committee on Physical Activity

Two Pitt faculty members, including the Dietrich School's Kirk I. Erickson, have been appointed to the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Advisory Committee by U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Mathews Burwell. The committee is charged with developing federal recommendations on the amount, intensity, and types of physical activity needed for Americans’ healthy lifestyles.

Dietrich School Researchers Discover Mechanism Behind Halogenation Process in New Enzyme

Building upon its earlier discovery of a new halogenation enzyme, WelO5, a Pitt-led team of researchers has uncovered the molecular basis for the biohalogenation, creating a new “toolbox” for biochemists working with protein biocatalysis for important applications in pharmaceutical and agricultural industries.

Dietrich School Students: Your Voices Matter. Complete the SERU Survey and Share Your Thoughts.

Dietrich School undergraduates are invited to share their thoughts and impressions about Pitt and their education through the Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) survey. The survey closes June 15--complete it and be eligible for great prizes, including an iPad Mini.

Center for African American Poetry and Poetics Celebrates Cave Canem, June 19

Poets Duriel E. Harris, Tyehimba Jess, Camille Rankine, and Danez Smith are part of a June 19 celebration of 20 years of Cave Canem, which has served as a home for Black poetry since 1996. The event is hosted by Pitt’s Center for African American Poetry and Poetics (CAAPP) and will be held at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater.

Dietrich School Professor Named Editor-in-Chief of the Science Family of Journals

Jeremy Berg, associate senior vice chancellor for science strategy and planning in the health sciences at Pitt, has been named editor-in-chief of the Science family of journals, beginning July 1, 2016. Berg, who also hold positions as professor of computational and systems biology, and professor of chemistry will serve a five-year term.

Dietrich School Distinguished Professor Recognized by Society of Biological Psychiatry

Anthony Grace, Distinguished Professor of Neuroscience, is the recipient of the 2016 Gold Medal Award from the Society of Biological Psychiatry. This award, given at the Society’s annual meeting, is awarded “for an internationally distinguished career of outstanding research and advancing knowledge in the field of psychiatric neuroscience."

Dietrich School Neuroscience Faculty Member Elected to Council of ACNP

Bita Moghaddam, professor of neuroscience and psychiatry, has been elected to the Council of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP).

Recent Dietrich School Graduate Awarded 2016 Humanity in Action Fellowship

Recent Pitt graduate Mehrgol Tiv has been awarded a 2016 Humanity in Action Fellowship. She will conduct social-science and humanitarian-based research in Amsterdam during the summer of 2016. Including Tiv, Pitt students have now won 16 Humanity in Action Fellowships since 2006.

New Dietrich School Graduate Named 2016 Emma Locke Award Winner

Emily J. Crabb, who graduated on May 1, 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in computer engineering from the Swanson School of Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in physics from the Dietrich School, is this year's recipient of Pitt’s Emma Locke Award.

Dietrich School Junior Receives Prestigious Josephine de Karman Fellowship

Leenie Baker, Dietrich School junior triple majoring in political science, theater arts, and English writing, has been awarded a prestigious Josephine de Karman Fellowship for 2016-17. Baker will receive $14,000 in undergraduate support for her independent work in using theater arts and acting to engage in social justice causes.

Dietrich School Junior Receives 2016 Udall Undergraduate Scholarship

In recognition of her devotion to environmental activism, Dietrich School neuroscience major Ying Chen “Bailey” Lien has been awarded a 2016 Udall Undergraduate Scholarship. The award is bestowed by the Udall Foundation, which was established by the U.S. Congress and named for the late-Congressmen Morris King Udall and Stewart Lee Udall, both of Arizona, in 1992.

Dietrich School Alumnus Receives 2016 Distinguished Professional Achievement Award

Bert A. Rockman, Ph.D. (A&S ‘65) was honored by the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Department of Political Science with a Distinguished Professional Achievement Award on Friday, April 22.

Dietrich School Student Awarded 2016 Truman Scholarship

Dietrich School junior Lia Petrose has been awarded a 2016 Harry S. Truman Scholarship. Next fall, Petrose will commence a full academic year of studying the natural sciences abroad at Jesus College, a constituent college of the University of Cambridge, in the United Kingdom.

Two Dietrich School Faculty Members Elected to AAAS

Dietrich School faculty members Terrance Hayes (A&S '97G) and James Woodward have been elected to the 236th class of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Other new members include novelist Colm Tóibín, La Opinión Publisher and CEO Monica Lozano, jazz saxophonist Wayne Shorter, former Botswanan President Festus Mogae, and autism author and spokesperson Temple Grandin.

Dietrich School Professor and Director of the Jazz Studies Program Among 2016 Heroes of Jazz

Geri Allen, Dietrich School Department of Music alum, professor, and Director of Jazz Studies, has been recognized by the Jazz Journalists Association as a 2016 Hero of Jazz. According to the JJA, "This year's heroes demonstrate the prominence of women and Americans of diverse ethnic backgrounds in support of jazz, the Congressionally designated "rare and valuable American national treasure."